The Green Lantern Vol. 1: Intergalactic Lawman

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 16 Jul 2019

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ARC from Netgalley.
2.5 Stars.
I've been reading Green Lantern in all it's iterations and sub books since before Blackest Night, including some of the storylines before that time as well. Knowing that Grant Morrison was taking over the main GL title, I tried to prepare myself for the dialogue-heavy, very cosmic take that was to come, but obviously not enough. What I have read here was difficult to follow, but still well written. I think this book will appeal to both new readers and very long time fans, but for people who need to know what's going on, the history of the characters who show themselves here would require research or a large reading of quite a bit of backstory. Personally, I felt a little lost because I didn't really know much about the characters or groups that seemed to take prominence.
Some highlights:
- Hal is able to repower his ring and rejoin the Corps on New Oa
- The Guardians ask him to go undercover as a Blackstar to reveal a traitorous GL.
- Planet Earth gets taken by an alien race and then purchased by someone who looks a lot like the Judeo-Christian God. They are able to get it back, but it involves "aggressive negotiations" by Hal.
- Hal goes toe to toe with Countess Belzebeth of the Blackstars, who is a sort of cosmic vampire.
- Hal is forced to fight and kill (though he fakes the death) Adam Strange
- The Blackstars ignite a U-Bomb, which would have killed all life in the universe, but it is disarmed by Hal, who vanishes from everything after that. (Will he be back in the next Volume?)

Overall, this is exactly what you'd expect from Grant Morrison. I'll definitely continue on to Volume 2, but I might go back and learn some about the history of the organizations, or maybe re-read the Volume again.
Verdict? Good... but not the typical GL I know and love.
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It's not a secret that Green Lantern is one of my favorite superheroes and when I see the opportunity to get an ARC of a GL graphic novel, I'm likely to put in a request.  Based on this cover, however, I was really concerned as to how much I was going to like this book.  Ah ha ... how quickly I forget not to judge a book by its cover.  And yet, isn't cover art on a book intended to help sell a title?  Seriously, look at this image of GL ... muscles on muscles on muscles.  Is that what makes someone a superhero?  Even in the graphic novels? There's just nothing about this figure that looks 'real' to me and that betrays a lot of what has always appealed to me about the character.

But enough about the cover.

One of the questions I've had regarding these superhero books is how can they manage to keep coming up with stories that will engage and excite when they've completed epic stories that deal with saving entire universes.  But author Grant Morrison manages to do just this by bringing Hal Jordan/Green Lantern back to his roots. There's a conspiracy going on and it looks like there may be a traitor within the Green Lantern Corps.

Hal has to go to the rescue of planet Earth, which has gone missing and is found, up for auction.   The buyer, who greatly resembles the Christian god as popularly imagined, may have an iron-clad contract on his purchase.  Space cop Hal Jordan must get it all squared away in order to save humanity (again).

The story is pretty basically a detective story, which makes sense when you figure that the Green Lantern Corps are essentially a galactic police force. As a detective story with a superhero protagonist, this works just fine.

The art here really helps make this story interesting.  Artist Liam Sharp works some magic with inventiveness and whimsy.  Morrison writes in a number of unusual aliens and Sharp seems to have a field day with it.

I seriously thought that there were multiple artists at work on the series.  Some of the art was quite 'simple' - with just a figure or two in the panel and a little bit of background to add depth.  Other pages had panels packed with miscellany - scads of items all over the panel.  I truly thought that this reflected the styles or different artists at work but as I paged back through to see who these artists were, I was surprised to find only Sharp's name.

There's nothing earth-shattering here (pun intended), but I enjoyed the read as a little diversion from some of the weightier books I've been reading lately.

Looking for a good book? Green Lantern, Vol. 1: Intergalactic Lawman is a decent addition to the Green Lantern series with some very nice artwork.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp's The Green Lantern Vol. 1: Intergalactic Lawman is a treat for Morrison fans, utilizing many of the concepts from Morrison's earlier runs as the author is wont to do. At the same time, given Morrison's charming penchant for esoterica, I often take for granted what a meat-and-potatoes continuity wonk he is, and indeed Intergalactic Lawman also dovetails with recent events in the Green Lantern titles quite seamlessly. What Morrison does is scrape away many (but not all) of the barnacles that have attached themselves to the Green Lantern franchise over the past decade or more, eschewing multi-hued Corps and even absenting the most recognizable Lanterns besides Hal Jordan. This is Hal's story, and via callback's to Hal's origin, Morrison essentially starts him from scratch, though Morrison does nicely credit Hal with all the years of experience that have by now ironed out most of his personal angst. After a lot of periods of Green Lantern titles trying to focus on a dizzying number of Lanterns, and some recent instances of Hal being written more irrationally than he ought, The Green Lantern is a lovely palate cleanser. Liam Sharp's art is gorgeous throughout. It swings wildly at times from the ornate to the very small and plain in such a way as to be dizzying, but I felt this kind of purposeful inconsistency helped enhance the very alienness of this book. Sharp at times also purposefully evokes Neal Adams, especially in the chapters' openings and closing kickers, further cementing Intergalactic Lawman's Hal Jordan-centric roots.
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If you like The Green Lantern or any superhero book, you’ll enjoy this one. It had plenty of monsters and action.
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Sadly, this title didn't download correctly to my computer, so I didn't get to read it. I'm sure I would have liked it.
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This book is fantastic. As a long time Green Lantern fans, the art instantly captured me and the action was exactly what I expected and need from a Green Lantern story. Morrison is top notch here and you can tell as this was quite the page turner for me. It is full of what Morrison does best (tons of creativity) and it has an a fantastic vampire villain. I haven't loved a DC Green Lantern book so much since I finished the Blackest Night arc that ran into the New 52's early Green Lantern volumes. Get this book, it is fantastic!
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I had a great time reading Green Lantern Vol 1. The illustrations were beautiful and did a wonderful job bringing this story to colorful life. We get to see some of Oa in this graphic novel and how amazing of a place it truly is. Hal Jordan isn’t the best one in their ranks, but it looks like he may be the only one to take on this mission. It is a dangerous one with and will push him to his limits. If you are a fan of this character then this is a graphic novel you will want to check out.
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THE GREEN LANTERN, VOL. 1: INTERGALACTIC LAWMAN written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Liam Sharp is about Hal Jordan, and brings the former Green Lantern back into action facing several foes along the way.

Action is good for the most part, a few parts failed to keep my interest, while others were very good at doing so.

Illustrations were very good in my opinion, and I really liked the all green pages, very well done!

Rating this as a mixed bag of sorts, it ends up getting average marks.

3 stars.
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I am forever a Grant Morrison fan, and when I have the chance to read this at the first chance I just had to take it. It's nice to see a Green Lantern story where the whole "Space Cop" concept can flourish. I love Geoff John's work, but with every big event and grand adventure after another, it's great that there's a chance for fun. Not to mention, Hal feels more mature and mellow unlike his usual hot head persona. He's really grown from all of his experiences.

The other characters feel equally as engaging and fun to work with. The guardians themselves aren't the usual stiffs they used to be (continuity aside) and they can work that persona to their advantage. Not to mention there's the inherit weirdness you come to expect from Morrison. A guy with a volcano for a head, a sentient virus, and a surprise interpretation on what people interpret as God. It's also great to see Adam Strange for a while, he's such an underutilized character. The ending of this just has me want this series more.
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So I really liked the vampire villain and. . . not really much else? I should give this volume a little more credit since it is the first in the series, but for some reason I'm not feeling as generous as I normally am about "volume 1"s. Green Lanterns are OK, that might be part of my problem also. I'm not as enthusiastic about them as I would be if this were an Aquaman or Wonder Woman title.

Worth a try, especially if you like Hal Jordan.
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So, another Green Lantern restart, and it's still focused on Hal (this particular Lantern title at least).

This had some good parts and some bad parts. On the whole I liked that it wasn't all the Source Wall and end of the universe stuff. On the other hand, there were so many different aliens and they all seemed to be 'bad guys', and so that made a lot of the story a bit confusing.

It does look from the ending that Hal might be getting a more individual journey, and I have liked some of the other stuff Morrison has done, so maybe I'll like where this goes.

I received this book via Netgalley thanks to DC Entertainment.
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If you are a Green Lantern fan, this will be right up your alley. Alien monsters, battles are all non stop. Not much in character development but hey, there's not a lot of time for that when so many things are at stake. Recommended.
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Half Jordan was done being a Green Lantern, but with the appearance of the Blackstars, he has to come back.
This story spans "The Green Lantern 1-6" and is a story of betrayal and of how far a lawman would/ should go to save lives. Artist Liam Sharp brings a sharp and distinctive style with his artwork and Grant Morrison tells a story of a universe in peril. Hal Jordan investigates this threat with increasing autonomy and violence.
One especially interesting aspect is an exploration of the reach and scope of the Green Lantern Corps. Planet and sun-sized lanterns down to microscopic and even antimatter lanterns are shown, in my opinion, greatly increasing the variety of sources of willpower that is the heart of the Corps.
Those who enjoy Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) stories and eye catching illustration will enjoy this graphic novel.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read a prerelease of this graphic novel.
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Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. For a 'Vol. One' this book relied on much prior knowledge of the reader about the universe of the Green Lantern. This was definitely colorful but most annoyingly too busy. It was not possible to keep straight the situations or characters, they are just too many and strange. In old fashioned comic books I do not remember the silly attempts at humor.
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Grant Morrison’s latest take on Green Lantern is full of his trademark creativity, but the final result falls flat. The tone changes from epic reboot to campy melodrama (moments reminded me of Flash Gordon and not in the good way) to generic law and order story. Weird with some good moments, but disappointing.
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The Green Lantern Vol.1: Intergalactic Lawman thrusts Hal Jordan back into the role he does best, playing space cop.On the new OA, the Guardians put Hal on the job of finding a traitor from a new prophecy. His investigations take him across the galaxy, saving planets and stopping villains.. Interesting and a little all over the place, the story takes the reader on a wild ride and still manages to keep your eyes riveted to the page. The art work takes a little old school flair and teams it up with some impressive color and drawings for a masterpiece for the eyes.  This volume provides a gripping story line and some impressive art for an engrossing read. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
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I have been a huge fan of Green Lantern for a long time but have stopped reading the comics when the New 52 first arrived so I was very excited to get back into the canon with this new volume.  I was hugely disappointed with it.  Nothing about this felt like the Green Lantern I grew up and loved.  The story just made no sense.  I felt like I was lost and confused for most of it.  The writing felt clunky.  There were hints of the Hal that I remembered and then were times where he was completely unrecognizable.  I appreciated that we got a chance to see some of the lesser known green lanterns, but at the same time they just felt like they were put there so we can see them.  There are no real reason why they specifically were the ones in the story.  I don't know if it's the artist's fault or the colorist's, but I didn't like the artwork at all.  Everything felt very muddled and it was hard to see what was actually happening in half of the panels.  Everything was lost in shadow and blackness.  Overall, a huge disappointment.
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It's difficult to put my finger on exactly what is misfiring in this first volume but there's something off-kilter. Liam Sharp's artwork kept me present and turning the page. There are some really inventive character designs and of course, Morrison's trademark humor is present throughout. For me, however, it's not enough to save the first volume. 

It consistently felt like it's on the verge of breaking free from whatever is holding it back. I'll say this however, this may be a case of my mind not being in the right space for this. You gotta be in the right kinda frame of mind some Silver Age Hal Jordan shenanigans and if you aren't in that mindset, you aren't gunna have a fun time. I've read people who really love the way Morrison has approached Jordan and others who aren't yet convinced. Ultimately, my opinion should matter little. It's a fun read with gorgeous artwork, colors, and letters. It is possible this volume suffered under the weight of my own expectations for it.
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This volume follows Hal Jordan, Earth's Green Lantern protector, as he stumbles upon a mysterious alien hiding in plain sight, and his discovery sets off a disastrous chain of events that will shake the very foundation of the Green Lantern Corps. 

There are many difficulties ahead for Jordan, including an inter-galactic conspiracy and a traitor in the Green Lantern Corps ranks. Earth rules don't apply in space, so Hal must do whatever it takes to catch this mysterious stranger. He has spent years battling for what he believes in, but could that belief cost him everything? 

Grant Morrison does a really great job showcasing the ins and outs of Hal Jordan: what makes him tick, what motivates him, what his goals are, and most importantly, his dedication to protecting Earth, and his loyalties to the Green Lantern Corps. That being said, I did find the actual story line to be a little..meh. I can't pinpoint exactly what didn't grab me, but I just wasn't super invested in it. Maybe my expectations were a little too high, but it just fell a little short. 

While I enjoyed some aspects of the story, "Blackstar at Zenith" being my favorite, the artwork is really what stood out for me. Liam Sharp's artwork is superb, down to the very smallest detail. I found myself mesmerized by every single panel, so it really helped propelled the story to the next level and keep me interested.
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